Men’s fashion moves at a glacial pace compared to women's. Bolstered by a well-established history of uniform dressing, guided by societal norms and men’s roots of serving in combat, not much has changed in decades of men’s style. The jacket shape has changed, breeches have fallen out of favor, and ruffles—for the most part—have all but disappeared. Still, the approach has remained rather formulaic: shirt, jacket, pants, shoes. The most successful men’s designers have put their own unique spin on that formula whether conservative, avant-garde or otherwise.

Women’s fashion on the other hand ebbs and flows rapidly, more like whitewater rapids than a babbling brook. Hemlines dart up and down from season to season, knits cycle back and forth from thin and clingy to shaggy and oversized, drastic paneling and cut-outs are in vogue one season and out the next. Successful womenswear designers are deft at traversing the minefield of trends to create a long-running style that evolves between the seasonal, pre-, resort, cruise and every other collection they’re responsible for without becoming outdated. For the most part, their jobs are much tougher.

Much of their work can also translate across the aisle to menswear. We’ve all seen a memorable womenswear design that we wished had a men’s counterpart. So we highlighted a few womenswear talents we want designing menswear.

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